A loan helped a member to purchase a variety of beans (black, white, red) in bulk.


Molino Belen Group's story

Sololá is a state located west of Guatemala City and home to one of the world’s most stunning lakes, Lake Atitlán. Here, "Molino Belen" is the Trust Bank formed by 9 Kaqchikel Maya women. They make a living with diners or convenience stores, or as vegetable vendors and artisans of traditional Guatemalan fabrics. They are very happy to be starting their first loan cycle with Kiva.

Santos is a charismatic and charming woman who is a member of the Trust Bank. She is 57 years old, illiterate, and the mother of 9 children (14 to 38 years old). Her children have only received up to a 4th grade education. Santos is at her local market 4 times a week selling beans and is requesting a loan to purchase a variety of beans (black, white, red) in bulk. With this loan, Santos can meet the growing demands of her customers and grow her business as well.

Through Friendship Bridge’s “Microcredit Plus” program (loans + education), women have learned about better money management and savings. In addition women can participate in monthly trainings for health education on disease prevention.

Kiva investors play an integral part in helping women in poverty reach for their dreams. We thank you for your help in building a better future for women like Santos, her children, and her community.

In this group: Santos, Cristina, Ana Maria Isabel, Antonia, Carmen, Santos, Santa, Julia, Marta Julia


This loan is special because:

Clients receive in-depth trainings on business, health, over-indebtedness, and self-esteem.



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